Item Records

This page shows all the information we have about this item. Both the institution that physically holds this item, and RRN members have contributed the knowledge on this page. You’re looking at the item record provided by the holding institution. If you scroll further down the page, you’ll see the information from RRN members, and can share your own knowledge too.

The RRN processes the information it receives from each institution to make it more readable and easier to search. If you’re doing in-depth research on this item, be sure to take a look at the Data Source tab to see the information exactly as it was provided by the institution.

These records are easy to share because each has a unique web address. You can copy and paste the location from your browser’s address bar into an email, word document, or chat message to share this item with others.

This item is culturally sensitive and images of it can not be shown. More information

  • Data
  • Data Source

This information was automatically generated from data provided by MOA: University of British Columbia. It has been standardized to aid in finding and grouping information within the RRN. Accuracy and meaning should be verified from the Data Source tab.


Wooden staff, or baton, adorned with many deer hooves at the proximal end that rattle. The hooves are threaded with pieces of deer hide which are in turn wound around and tied to the baton. A carved bear head creates a finial above two sets of deer hoof rattles. The remainder of the baton is engraved with various animals designs, which have also been painted.

History Of Use

Alternately referred to as a dance rattle, or dance baton. Elmendorf notes that amongst the southern Coast Salish: "this type of rattle consisted of several deer hoofs strung together, bunched. Several of these might be attached to a pole or held in the hand and shaken. Deer-hoof bunches were never attached to drums or other rattles. The deer-hoof rattle was especially used at spirit dances, principally in dancing the types of powers called qwa'xq for which deer-hoof bunches were attached to poles (1960:223)."

Cultural Context

ceremonial; spirit dance


In 1972, D. Kew of Musqueam noted on the catalogue card that: "After four years of being a member of the Spirit Dance group, a man may use the kwcmin if his "power" tells him to do so. He uses it to signal the beat of his song."

Item History

With an account, you can ask other users a question about this item. Request an Account

With an account, you can submit information about this item and have it visible to all users and institutions on the RRN. Request an Account

Similar Items